|Spring-Ford's Mason Romano (52), Robby Varner (56), Ian Hare (57), Travis Daywalt (35) and R.J. Shelton (81) gang-tackle Pennridge's Mike Class Saturday.|
By Darryl Grumling
PERKASIE — The status of each team’s feature back was a feature angle heading into Saturday’s District 1-Class AAAA semifinal.
Much ado had been made all week about whether Pennridge workhorse Mike Class would see action after reportedly suffering a concussion during a quarterfinal victory the week before over Pennsbury.
Spring-Ford junior tailback Jarred Jones, meanwhile, was a question mark as well, having come out of last week’s quarterfinal win over Ridley with a bruised knee.
So when Class started the game and Jones remained on the Spring-Ford sideline, conventional wisdom suggested it would be a huge advantage for the third-seeded hosts.
Over the final two quarters, however, the tale of the two standout rushers took a decided turn to the Spring-Ford side.
Jones didn’t earn his first carry until the first play of the second half, but boy was it a memorable one — a 74-yard TD sprint that set the tone for a strong finish as Spring-Ford continued its scintillating season with a 35-24 victory at Poppy Yoder Field.
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